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1996 telecom scam: Ex-minister Sukhram gets bail

Nov 28, 2011 11:30 AM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: In a relief for former telecom minister Sukhram who has been sentenced to five years in jail in the 1996 telecom scam, the Delhi High Court granted him bail on a surety of of Rs 10 lakh and on the condition that he cannot leave the country during this period.

Sukhram had challenged his conviction and sentencing by a trial court for taking bribe to award a contract to a telecom firm in 1996.

Sukh Ram, who had held the telecom portfolio in PV Narasimha Rao's Cabinet, was earlier this month convicted in a cable contract case.

He was lodged in Tihar Jail after he was sentenced for five years by a special CBI court.

The court had dismissed his plea for a lenient sentence on the grounds of his old age.